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College Basketball Betting: BYU looks to snap losing skid vs. Gonzaga

02.20.2014     07:37 AM     Printer Friendly
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Gonzaga at BYU -2 O/U 150.5

Gonzaga has had BYU's numbers with five straight wins (4-0-1 ATS) in the series. All five of those games also went under the total. The Cougars haven't lost a home game since dropping last year's late season meeting vs. the Zags, 70-65.


"We don’t have any pressure on us," Tyler Haws said, when asked about the Cougars’ mindset. "We are just going out there trying to win a basketball game. We love playing in front of our home crowd. I think our guys feed off the energy and we are a lot more comfortable at home. So I am not worried about it."









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College Basketball Handicapping: Minnesota's defense on the upswing

02.19.2014     12:26 PM     Printer Friendly
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Illinois at Minnesota -7.5 O/U 129.5

Article on Minnesota's recent defensive improvements. Seasonally, the Gophers rank 10th in the Big Ten in points per possession allowed (1.06) but last time out they held Northwestern to 0.81 and also puts the clamps on Indiana (0.94). They'll still have issues with the better offenses in the Big Ten but against Illinois and Ohio State (Sat.), Minny is primed for more strong outputs.


“We’ve played much better defense,” Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. “The numbers may not indicate it as much, but … [on Sunday] that was the most fundamentally sound we’ve been all year.”

“Guys are coming together and realizing that if we want to win games, we’re going to have to defend,” he said.







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College Basketball Betting: Arizona looks to get bench more minutes

02.19.2014     08:08 AM     Printer Friendly
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Arizona -4.5 at Utah O/U 128.5

With Brandon Ashely out, Arizona's lack of depth has head coach Sean Miller concerned. It sounds as if Miller has no choice but to get his subs more minutes. In the Wildcats' overtime loss to Arizona State, the starters all played 45 minutes or more. According to KenPom, Arizona's bench ranks 300th nationally in terms of minutes used.


“We sort of talked about it … everyone on our team is ready to play those extra minutes,” center Kaleb Tarczewski said. “It’s something we have to do to win.”

“All of us as coaches and players, you take responsibility when you lose,” Miller said during his weekly news conference at McKale Center. “The last straw for me in terms of how we’re going to do things moving forward was the ASU game, because, with what we try to do and how we play, it makes no sense to play players close to 40 minutes.

“It

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College Basketball Betting Free Play: NC State Wolfpack at Clemson Tigers

02.18.2014     07:52 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
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NC State at Clemson -4 O/U 120
Recommendation: Under


Like Northwestern, Clemson has played a ridiculous amount of slow paced, low scoring games. In 12 ACC contests, the Tigers have topped 120 points only four times in regulation – two came against up-tempo Duke and North Carolina and another against Boston College (122) who sports one of the worst defenses in college basketball. Last time out, despite only 53 possessions, Clemson and Virginia hit 121. That final is some deceiving as both teams had 90 points with five minutes to go. NC State is a young squad that has a tendency to let its opponent dictate tempo. In games against Duke and North Carolina, there were possessions and points galore. But we've seen the Wolfpack play grinders as well: 56-55 vs. Miami, 56-55 vs. Syracuse, 76-45 vs. Virginia. Overall, both squads average less than a point per possession in conference play and with the pace Read more



Tags: College Basketball Clemson Tigers NC State Wolfpack Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting: Texas Tech slows things down in up-tempo Big XII

02.18.2014     07:30 AM     Printer Friendly
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Kansas -8 at Texas Tech

Tubby Smith has his Texas Tech squad playing some sneaky-good basketball of late with wins over both Oklahoma schools and pointspread covers in eight of its last ten. In a conference loaded with high scoring, up-tempo teams, Smith has wisely slowed down the pace of TTU's games. The Red Raiders average only 62 possessions per game in league play and as a result have cashed five straight unders.


“They’re a lot better,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Tubby’s done a fabulous job, he and his staff. They’re playing hard. They are on a roll right now. They are playing great. What they did in Norman (68-60 win), having them down 20 in the second half, was certainly impressive. We know how easily OU scores.”

“We’ve got to go out and be prepared to win the game,” KU sophomore Andrew White III said. “That team is tough. They’ve had some big wins this year. We need that win desperately. We’ll practice, prepare like we

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College Basketball Handicapping: Oklahoma State limps into tonight's contest at Baylor

02.17.2014     09:36 AM     Printer Friendly
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Oklahoma State at Baylor -4.5 O/U 143.5

Six straight losses and not much confidence as Oklahoma State heads to Baylor for a shot at redemption after to losing to the Bears (with Marcus Smart) in Stillwater two weeks ago. On the flipside you have a Baylor squad off of rare back-to-back wins; the last of which a miraculous overtime win vs. Kansas State thanks to a last second three in regulation by Brady Heslip.


“They’re down — this is as down of a locker room that I’ve seen,” said Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford after the loss to the Sooners. “We just need to keep our head up and understand there is a lot of basketball left to be played. It doesn’t get any easier out on the road.”






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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Villanova Wildcats at Creighton Bluejays

02.16.2014     08:27 AM         Printer Friendly
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Villanova at Creighton -2.5 O/U 147
Recommendation: Creighton


Creighton has failed to cover the number in four consecutive games because it has been overpriced. However, in today's home game vs. Villanova, the price is right for a play on the Bluejays, who are 2.5-point home favorites vs. the Wildcats. Greg McDermott's team is undefeated in 13 home games this season with a 7-4 spread record. Creighton has been a single-digit home 'chalk' three times, posting a 2-1 ATS mark. When these teams met in Philadelphia on Jan. 20, it was all Creighton from the jump. The Bluejays put on a show, setting school and Big East records by draining 21-of-35 attempts from 3-point range. They led by 40 – that's right, 40! – with more than six minutes remaining. Ethan Wragge scored a career-high 27 points thanks to nine treys on 14 attempts. With eight 3-balls in the first 16 minutes and change, Wragge surpassed his previous career high of 22 points before halftime. Doug McDermott was steady as usual, producing 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Austin Chatman dished out 10 assists, while Jahenns Manigat finished with 19 points. Now obviously, I'm Read more



Tags: College Basketball Villanova Wildcats Creighton Bluejays Brian Edwards




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Ohio State Buckeyes at Illinois Fighting Illini

02.15.2014     08:40 AM     Alatex Sports     Printer Friendly
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Ohio State -4.5 at Illinois O/U 124
Recommendation: Ohio State


Both of these Big Ten schools have had their share of problems this season. Ohio State was ranked in the top 10 before dropping five of six games in conference play. The Buckeyes managed to turns things around some by winning four of five before losing at home to Michigan last time out. Overall, OSU (6-6 Big Ten) does have nice road wins at Wisconsin and Iowa as well as home wins over Illinois and Purdue and are currently 6-6 in conference play.  Ohio State is +0.06 PPP in conference play; one of only five Big Ten teams with a positive efficiency rate. On the other hand, Illinois is just 3-9 in conference play and is -0.09 PPP. They have a home win over Indiana and two wins over Penn State but suffered an eight game losing streak in between wins over the Nittany Lions. They Illini are coming off another loss, 67-58, at Nebraska and have been plagued by an inability to generate offense. Read more



Tags: College Basketball Ohio State Buckeyes Illinois Fighting Illini Brent Crow




College Basketball Handicapping: Injury Report 2-14-2014

02.14.2014     06:17 PM         Printer Friendly
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Michigan State senior center Adreian Payne is back and he's 100 percent healthy (and lethal) after missing seven games. Payne led the Spartans to Thursday's 85-70 home win over Northwestern by scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Payne scored 24 points in last Sunday's loss at Wisconsin. Tom Izzo is happy to have Payne back, but he's now without starting guard Keith Appling, who has a wrist injury that has forced him to miss the first three games of his career. Appling averages 15.0 points and 4.9 assists per game. He continues to get treatment but is probably at least a week away from returning. Branden Dawson remains out (hand) and won't be back for at least two more weeks.

Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid is listed as 'questionable' for Saturday's home game vs. TCU, but I'll be very surprised if he plays. Bill Self clearly indicated after Monday's loss at Kansas St. that Embiid needed some rest before the stretch drive. Embiid has been bothered by a sprained knee and an ailing back, and his presence certainly isn't required against the Horned Frogs. Embiid averages 10.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game. Also, the status of Jamari Taylor is Read more



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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Canisius Golden Griffins at Niagara Purple Eagles

02.14.2014     09:48 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
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Canisius -4.5 at Niagara O/U 158
Recommendation: Canisius


We cashed in with a MAAC road favorite last night in Manhattan’s 86-69 blowout win over Rider and I think we have another rock solid opportunity tonight backing another road favorite with Canisius. Despite being one of the worst teams in the MAAC, Niagara has stepped up with two of its better efforts in their last two home games against conference powers Iona and Manhattan. Niagara lost those two games by a single point. Those were bitter defeats for the Purple Eagles who had opportunities but failed to get that key basket or defensive stop down the stretch to turn. This could be a tough situation for a full effort while the Golden Griffins are likely to be in a focused and intense mood after dropping two straight to Iona and Manhattan.

Canisius defeated Niagara in the previous meeting earlier this season 87-74. Niagara had no answers defensively for Billy Baron who piled up 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Niagara’s only real offensive threat, Antoine Mason, got his points in the previous meeting but the Griffins did a good job of keeping everyone else under wraps. Chris Read more



Tags: College Basketball Canisius Golden Griffins Niagara Purple Eagles Ian Cameron



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